Things To Do In Knik-Fairview


Two-Hour Beginners' Kayaking Class for One or Two from Alaska Kayak Academy (Up to 61% Off)

Alaska Kayak Academy

Alaska Kayak Academy

On Wasilla Lake, instructors teach entry-level kayakers basic skills, such as sweep and rudder strokes, launching, and stopping

$70 $29.95

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$228 for One-Hour Knik Glacier Flight for Up to Three from Legends Aviation ($687 Value)

Legends Aviation

Willow Airport

Alaskan bush pilot flies visitors over dazzling views of Mt. KcKinley, Knik Glacier, and native wildlife

$687 $228

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One, Three, or Five Personal-Training Sessions at The Midnight Sun Athletic Club (Up to 68% Off)

The Midnight Sun Athletic Club

The Midnight Sun Athletic Club

With confidence, goal reaching, and support, personal trainers welcome you into their fitness sessions

$75 $27

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One-Hour Archery Lesson for Two or Four at Bearpaw Archery (Up to 52% Off)

BearPaw Archery

Bear Paw Archery

Beginner archery lesson teaches safety, form, shot sequence, and success with provided Genesis bows

$100 $49

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Belay Class for One, Two, or Four at Rock-On Climbing (Up to 52% Off)

Rock-On Climbing

Rock-On Climbing LLC

Instructors help students use the provided safety gear, climbing shoes, harnesses, and belay devices to belay and climb

$25 $12.50

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Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride for Two or Four or Sleigh Rental from Alaska Horse Adventures LLC (Up to 50% Off)

Alaska Horse Adventures, LLC

Alaska Horse Adventures, LLC

Sleigh rides travel through snow-dusted forest, passing by native wildlife and ending with a warm fire

$135 $69

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2–3-Hour Introduction to Snowkiting Ground Lesson for One or Two at Alaska Kite Adventures (Up to 50% Off)

Alaska Kite Adventures

Wasilla

Instructors teach the basics of flying a foil power kite, safely covering kite anatomy and how to harness the strength of the wind’s force

$400 $199

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental and Range Balls at Palmer Golf Course (Up to 53% Off)

Palmer Golf Course

Palmer Golf Course

Mountains embrace a valley course that abuts the Matanuska River; power carts carry players and their clubs over bluegrass fairways

$118 $59

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  • The Musk Ox Farm
    The Musk Ox Farm director Mark Austin is the first to admit that Maple, a three-day-old musk ox calf, is the cutest thing in the world. Her thin legs take wobbling steps. Her fine fuzz tickles her giant mother’s belly. And when she ambles through the pasture after nursing, her bright pink tongue wags from the side of her mouth. And Maple is just the beginning: 11 more calves are on the way this spring season, and the farm will soon burst into a flurry of feeding, combing, inserting microchips, tending to mothers, and, of course, greeting visitors. Though he acknowledges the endearing quality of a baby musk ox in spring, Mr. Austin worries that visitors to The Musk Ox Farm might get so caught up with the new calf that they miss the farm's larger project. “I’m trying to battle the perception we’re a roadside attraction. It’s not just about getting out of your car and snapping a photo of a musk ox for your Alaska photo album.” Not that Mr. Austin hasn’t snapped a few photos of Maple himself. He simply hopes the spectacle won’t overshadow the nonprofit farm’s scope, which begins and ends with the animals themselves. Although the majestic species is about 600,000 years old, domestication efforts began only 60 years ago by Farm founder John Teal. Every spring, the several-hundred-pound animals shed their qiviut, a thick under wool, some of which the farm ships to the native knitters’ cooperative in Oomingmak. There, members knit the wool into delicate lacy garments that they eventually sell to supplement their subsistence lifestyle. So when Mr. Austin looks at Maple, he sees not just a huggable calf, but the source of positive economic change for rural native Alaskan women. “The animals are fascinating,” he says. “But it’s the big picture that gets me up in the morning.”
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    12850 East Archie Road
    Palmer, AK US
  • Studio Rush at The Alaska Club Midtown
    Ever since The Alaska Club opened its first location in 1986, they've been striving to serve their members by adding amenities, classes, and opening new locations. Though each location?s offerings vary, they supplement their well-stocked fleets of cardio machines and strength equipment with cycling studios, climbing walls, basketball courts, swimming pools, and play centers for the kids. The club also offers spa services including hydromassage beds, tanning, and saunas. Group fitness classes include yoga, step aerobics, and Pilates, and personal trainers stand at the ready to help clients focus on fitness goals. The clubs also offer swim lessons and summer camps for kids, setting in stone their commitment to making The Alaska Club a place for the whole family, not the half-formed family, which needs at least seven more years to gestate in the laboratory incubator.
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    1720 E Parks Hwy.
    Wasilla, AK US
  • Reindeer Farm
    What began as a colony farm built by the U.S. Army in 1935 became, by the mid-1950s, the childhood home of Reindeer Farm's head honcho, Tom Williams. After studying the habits of Scandinavian and Siberian reindeer herders in high school, Tom began to understand why the antlered creatures were considered the "cattle of the North": The brisk Alaskan climate suited their dense coats and languid presence at pool parties. In 1987, after years of practicing law throughout Alaska, Tom ventured to Canada to meet his first herd of reindeer, which he kept corralled next to a tiny sign and donation jar on the modest farm. Since then, that initial herd has blossomed into 150 reindeer, who graze beside 35 elk, 13 horses, one bull moose, and one surprisingly well-adjusted bison. Now a petting zoo, the farm has grown alongside the herd, with guided tours, scavenger hunts, and horseback rides treating guests to an up-close and hands-on experience with the majestic animals. Located in the colony's original chicken coop, a gift shop provides guests with any number of collectibles to commemorate their visits.
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    5561 S. Bodenburg Loop Rd
    Palmer, AK US
  • Above Alaska Aviation
    Over sweeping evergreen pine forests and snow-capped mountains, the pilots from Above Alaska Aviation's FAR flight school hone their craft. FAA-certified instructors coach students in a range of specialized flight training in a fleet of 7EC Champ aircraft, as well as a PA-18 Super Cub and Cessna 180B. They train private pilot students in tailwheel aircraft from start to finish, tailwheel endorsements, and single-engine sea float ratings on the mountain lakes of Susitna Valley. Students learn the basics of flying tail-wheel aircraft?planes with landing gear on the tail?to hone skill sets, enhance their understanding of flight safety, and help them feel superior to carrier pigeons. When not teaching flight, bush pilots ferry passengers to remote wilderness areas where they can hike, fish, or hunt with rifles and bows.
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    22743 South Terminal Avenue
    Talkeetna, AK US
  • Alaska Kayak Academy
    The instructors at Alaska Kayak Academy share their love for sea kayaking by training and leading adventures in Alaska's rivers and coastal waters. Scheduled year-round, classes range from basic paddling instruction to deep-water rescue techniques. Guided trips cater to all levels of paddlers, with day trips along salmon runs and through the glacial ice of Prince William Sound. Rentals equip paddlers for independent exploration, refining skills, and humming quietly to themselves in peace. Alaska Kayak Academy also encompasses a store, where staff advise on gear such as new and used kayaks and the trendiest way to don a life jacket.
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    2201 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.
    Wasilla, AK US
  • Denali Southside River Guides
    Byers Lake looks as smooth as glass to a group of kayakers, who gaze at an inverted reflection of Mount McKinley on the undisturbed surface. The moment doesn't last?maybe a loon call cuts the air, or maybe a wedge of trumpeter swans throws waves through the mountain's mirror image?but the kayakers carry the morning's still, quiet image with them throughout the day. Craig and Shelis Jorgensen, owners of the Talkeetna-based Denali Southside River Guides, unveil the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness through low-impact adventures in and around the waters of Denali State Park. Claiming a team of experienced guides that possesses an extensive knowledge of the area, the Jorgensens coordinate excursions such as rafting down rivers ranging from calm glacial feeds to Class II and III whitewater rapids.
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    123 A St.
    Talkeetna, AK US

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